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The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook partners

The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook International Edition is developed by Timor-Leste NGO Permatil (Permaculture Timor-Leste), xpand Foundation (Australian social enterprise working predominantly in Timor-Leste) and Disruptive Media (Design and strategic communications for the NFP/NGO sector).


From its beginning in 2001 until today, Permatil (Permaculture Timor-Leste) has worked all across Timor-Leste using the concepts and practices of Permaculture which emphasise  the Permaculture Ethics: ‘Earth care; People care; and Fair share’. Permatil works directly with communities to increase their knowledge and abilities, and to identify the local potential to resolve their own problems using a sustainable and holistic approach. Permatil produces educational materials; trains youth; organises Perma-Youth and Perma-Kids camps; provides trainings for Government and NGO staff and the communities they work with, and are a leading advocate of food sovereignty and local food initiatives. Working with the Government Education Department Permatil integrated a school garden program into the National Timor-Leste Primary School curriculum and has worked with teachers and communities to establish school gardens in over one hundred schools throughout Timor-Leste. Permatil also facilitated communities to restore natural water sources and conserve land in over 20 locations. All of these activities have had a clear positive impact in Timor-Leste, helping communities to help themselves.

Permatil produced the original Permaculture Guidebook from Timor-Leste, on which this guidebook is based. For this guidebook, from the reviews and rewriting through to the final editing, Permatil have produced the new content as well as facilitating the creation of the new illustrations and working with Disruptive Media to review and finalise each new formatted chapter. They have also co-managed the project together with xpand Foundation and Disruptive Media.


xpand Foundation
The xpand Foundation is committed to an inclusive society through the promotion of health and well-being and empowering communities by putting an ‘earned dollar’ in a persons pocket to move beyond charity and aid to value the sustainable livelihood and happiness of every individual.

The xpand Foundation supports communities to move beyond charity and aid by delivering opportunities for communities and individuals to become economically independent.

Andrew Mahar AM CEO xpand Foundation and co-founder of the WithOneSeed community forestry program, has helped guide the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook project through his expertise in project governance and with his extensive experience and connections working in subsistence communities in Timor-Leste over many years.

Disruptive Media

Disruptive Media
Disruptive Media is a strategic design and communications studio that is part of an emerging sector of social businesses, sitting between not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. Our business structure is framed to focus on social impact, rather than profit.

Our work in Timor-Leste began in 2009 through the xpand Foundation’s initiative WithOneSeed, where we helped to visually document the community forestry program as it developed. Through this work we experienced first-hand the links between environment, food security, education and health in subsistence communities, highlighting the value that a resource such as the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook holds in communities dependent on their own skills for living in Timor-Leste and beyond.

After meeting with the authors of the original Tropical Permaculture Guidebook in 2014, we offered to help develop the updated version of the guidebook and formed a partnership with Permatil and xpand Foundation. There have been many contributors who have brought their time and expertise across many fields to the updated Tropical Permaculture Guidebook. Disruptive Media’s contribution has been in the design and layout of the chapters and website, and co-project management of the guidebook’s production.

Permatil staff reviewing the content
Permatil staff
Permatil staff at permaculture school garden
Ego and Andrew
Ego and Andrew
Andrew at an agro-foresrty site
Lyn reviewing formatted chapters
Working on the chapter formats
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